Black Country musicians raise over £3,000 busking for charity

Black Country musicians and performers, including Black Country Radio’s Omma 'n' Chain show, have spent the year performing live to raising over £3,500 for Parkinson’s UK.

Billy Spakemon and musician, John Langford, organised a series of gigs and musical performances across the Black Country raising funds for Parkinson's UK. Speaking about the scheme, Billy said:

"This year has been a joy. The work I do with the musicians is not just about trying to raise money for our chosen charity, but to become informed and understand the lives of individuals who have to learn to cope with illnesses.

"It has been humbling both from that aspect but also from the generosity of all who have supported us. Ordinary people can make extraordinary differences. This year has proved that." 

The duo presented a cheque to Parkinson’s UK regional fundraiser, Gayle Kelly, at The Maverick Pub in Amblecote earlier this month. Gayle added:

"Nobody should have to face Parkinson’s alone – or without hope that one day we’ll find better treatments and a cure. These have been such fun events, with so much enthusiasm, energy and hard work from all of the bands and of course from Billy and John. 

"Thanks to everyone involved for raising such an amazing amount which will make such a difference to people living with Parkinson’s." 

Parkinsons Disease is a progressive, neurological condition for which there is currently no cure. It affects 145,000 people in the UK, including around 12,000 in the West Midlands alone. Parkinson UK's mission is to find a cure and improve life for everyone affected by Parkinson's through cutting edge research, information, support and campaigning. 

To find out how you can fundraise for Parkinson’s UK, visit the charity online


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